Residents warned to take care as firefighters hold strike action over pensions

Darlington and Stockton Times: Firefighters are set to strike over pensions Firefighters are set to strike over pensions

RESIDENTS are being warned to take extra care as the fire service strikes on two days as part of an on-going dispute over pensions.

Fire Bridgades staff across the region go on strike tomorrow (Friday, December 13) and Saturday. (December 14)

The latest action runs between 6pm and 10pm each day and it is being led by the Fire Brigades Union.

Stuart Errington, deputy chief fire officer for Durham and Darlington, said: “Friday and Saturday nights have the potential to be busy periods for us.

“As Christmas approaches many people will be out enjoying themselves and may be drinking alcohol so it’s important for everyone to take extra care.

“One of the most important actions that everyone can take is to make sure that there are working smoke alarms on each level of your home.

“If a fire starts - get out, stay out and call 999.”

The fire service has contingency plans in place to provide an emergency response during the strike but resources will be reduced.

Updates on the strike action can be found on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CDDFRS.

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6:46pm Thu 12 Dec 13

NO EINSTEIN says...

Firefighters hold your heads in shame, don't worry about your pension being a few quid less, just be glad you have a job at all, and that your not relying on food banks.
Absolutely disgusting.
Firefighters hold your heads in shame, don't worry about your pension being a few quid less, just be glad you have a job at all, and that your not relying on food banks. Absolutely disgusting. NO EINSTEIN

7:44pm Thu 12 Dec 13

stevegg says...

Wonder what people would say if the police (not that they can by law) or ambulance took the same action? This is part of the drive to make people pay more for their pensions, work longer, to get less out and like all previous fire strikes (for those who remember) it will end in victory for the fire brigade as their union is one of the few left with any clout which is lucky for them as millions of other public sector have too bow to the inevitable.
Wonder what people would say if the police (not that they can by law) or ambulance took the same action? This is part of the drive to make people pay more for their pensions, work longer, to get less out and like all previous fire strikes (for those who remember) it will end in victory for the fire brigade as their union is one of the few left with any clout which is lucky for them as millions of other public sector have too bow to the inevitable. stevegg

10:42pm Thu 12 Dec 13

sineater says...

Would you like to lose most of your pension,because of failing a fitness test after decades of service?
Would you like to lose most of your pension,because of failing a fitness test after decades of service? sineater

10:54pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Stevo in Durham says...

NO EINSTEIN wrote:
Firefighters hold your heads in shame, don't worry about your pension being a few quid less, just be glad you have a job at all, and that your not relying on food banks.
Absolutely disgusting.
I thought the strike is about Firefighters who pay into the pension scheme for 25 years plus then fail a fitness test at 60 years old( the same fitness test a 18yr old has to pass) and get sacked get your facts 100% right first before spout your big uneducated mouth of on here Do you homework idiot
[quote][p][bold]NO EINSTEIN[/bold] wrote: Firefighters hold your heads in shame, don't worry about your pension being a few quid less, just be glad you have a job at all, and that your not relying on food banks. Absolutely disgusting.[/p][/quote]I thought the strike is about Firefighters who pay into the pension scheme for 25 years plus then fail a fitness test at 60 years old( the same fitness test a 18yr old has to pass) and get sacked get your facts 100% right first before spout your big uneducated mouth of on here Do you homework idiot Stevo in Durham

6:04am Fri 13 Dec 13

darloboss says...

Stevo in Durham wrote:
NO EINSTEIN wrote:
Firefighters hold your heads in shame, don't worry about your pension being a few quid less, just be glad you have a job at all, and that your not relying on food banks.
Absolutely disgusting.
I thought the strike is about Firefighters who pay into the pension scheme for 25 years plus then fail a fitness test at 60 years old( the same fitness test a 18yr old has to pass) and get sacked get your facts 100% right first before spout your big uneducated mouth of on here Do you homework idiot
sorry stevo in durham
I agree with NO EINSTEIN and would add that firefighters are over paid and under worked you have lost public support. time you either did a days work or got out and found a propper job
[quote][p][bold]Stevo in Durham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NO EINSTEIN[/bold] wrote: Firefighters hold your heads in shame, don't worry about your pension being a few quid less, just be glad you have a job at all, and that your not relying on food banks. Absolutely disgusting.[/p][/quote]I thought the strike is about Firefighters who pay into the pension scheme for 25 years plus then fail a fitness test at 60 years old( the same fitness test a 18yr old has to pass) and get sacked get your facts 100% right first before spout your big uneducated mouth of on here Do you homework idiot[/p][/quote]sorry stevo in durham I agree with NO EINSTEIN and would add that firefighters are over paid and under worked you have lost public support. time you either did a days work or got out and found a propper job darloboss

12:09pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Colcat says...

darloboss is just a troll, ignore anything he says.
darloboss is just a troll, ignore anything he says. Colcat

5:36am Sat 14 Dec 13

johnny_p says...

I'm not sure if Darloboss is a troll now. His comments are pretty weird. Looks like he might be into some kind of "speciality same sex dating". Look at the comment he left here:

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It's inappropriate obviously, and think it's time the Echo banned him.
I'm not sure if Darloboss is a troll now. His comments are pretty weird. Looks like he might be into some kind of "speciality same sex dating". Look at the comment he left here: http://www.thenorthe rnecho.co.uk/feature s/letters/10857842.C ycling_Incidents/?re f=rc It's inappropriate obviously, and think it's time the Echo banned him. johnny_p

3:04am Sun 15 Dec 13

november 1-1 says...

This is nothing more than the current Con-Dems robbing everything they can from working people.

Firefighters pay 11.5% of their wage every week / month into their pension scheme and deserve better consideration, this government has gone back on their agreement and should be ashamed.

Most of those posting here do not even know what a firefighters job entails! firefighters go to work when most legislation has failed I.e fire. Precautions Act etc. I would ask the following questions of these detractors - would you go into a building severely on fire when people like them are running out? Would they be able to deal with major disasters on road, rail or aircraft? Would they be able to deal with flooding or chemical incidents? These are just a few of e 'jobs' firefighters have to deal with.

Like most members of the public, these detractors only realise the value of firefighters when THEY dial 999 they would be the first to shout loudly if no-one responded. Stop knocking the best fire service in the world and support your firefighters - if you don't they will not be there to respond to YOUR call.
This is nothing more than the current Con-Dems robbing everything they can from working people. Firefighters pay 11.5% of their wage every week / month into their pension scheme and deserve better consideration, this government has gone back on their agreement and should be ashamed. Most of those posting here do not even know what a firefighters job entails! firefighters go to work when most legislation has failed I.e fire. Precautions Act etc. I would ask the following questions of these detractors - would you go into a building severely on fire when people like them are running out? Would they be able to deal with major disasters on road, rail or aircraft? Would they be able to deal with flooding or chemical incidents? These are just a few of e 'jobs' firefighters have to deal with. Like most members of the public, these detractors only realise the value of firefighters when THEY dial 999 they would be the first to shout loudly if no-one responded. Stop knocking the best fire service in the world and support your firefighters - if you don't they will not be there to respond to YOUR call. november 1-1

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